Reuters, Published December 14 2013
No Mega Millions winner Friday night means jackpot could hit $550 million, second-highest everThe Mega Millions jackpot jumped to an estimated $550 million on Friday, after no winning ticket was sold for the multi-state lottery's second-largest top prize.
The next drawing is slated for Dec. 17 at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the lottery's website, megamillions.com.
If a jackpot winner chose to take that prize, which remains the second largest in Mega Millions' 17-year history, as a lump sum payout rather than in 30 annual payments it would amount to $295 million, the lottery said.
No one has won the jackpot in more than two months, pushing the purse steadily higher, although it remains below the record $656 million won on March 30, 2012. The next-largest Mega Millions prizes were $390 million and $380 million.
No purchased ticket matched the winning six numbers drawn on what some consider an unlucky date - Friday the 13th - for an estimated $425 million, or $228 million for the annuity option. Those numbers were: 19, 24, 26, 27, 70 and 12.
Forty-three states take part in the Mega Millions lottery, including North Dakota and Minnesota.